The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority rededicated its East180th Street subway station on March 15 following a rehabilitation of the century-old structure.
The two-year, $66.5-million project breathed new life into the subway station that serves the 2 and 5 lines and is a major link to two major Bronx attractions, the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Gardens. The structure is an example of early 20th Century architectural design that has stood as a community landmark.
“This beautifully renovated station is a tribute to the Bronx and provides an uplifting experience for everyone who passes through it,” said MTA Acting Chairman Fernando Ferrer. “I’m very pleased the MTA has restored an element of the Bronx’s glory, while improving the daily commutes of its residents.”
Work on the station required restoration of the landmark building’s exterior walls, windows, stucco work, roof tiles, wood doors and mezzanine areas. There are two retail spaces in the station’s lobby, as well as New York City Transit employee facilities for rapid transit operations, signals and structures.
The elevated subway platforms have been rehabilitated, including new platforms, edge safety tiles, canopies and track beds.